NBA superstar LeBron James praised Colin Kaepernick over the weekend for his “sacrifice” to the country.
During an episode Friday night on his HBO series “The Shop,” James praised Kaepernick for his “sacrifice” in continuing to protest despite having professional football “taken away from him.”
James argued that Kaepernick “gave up everything” after his “collusion” case with the NFL was settled out of court for anywhere between $30 and $80 million.
“Kap’s still for something that was bigger than him. He sacrificed,” James said.
“How many people can wake up and say, you know what? I’ll give everything that I’ve worked for my whole life for the better of the conversation. Oh, I’m gonna lose everything I got personally for the better of the conversation. That’s why we can sit here and salute Kap,” James added.And I hope that whatever the amount of money he got sets him up for him, his kids, his grandkids, and his grandkids’ kids’ kids. I hope it’s that much money, I really do. Because the beautiful sport was taken away from him. So, I hope that whatever the settlement was, it sets generations up forever,” he concluded.
Interestingly enough, not everyone agreed with James that Kaepernick “sacrificed” anything.
Former Kansas City Chiefs player Larry Johnson unloaded on Kaepernick for “taking money from an oppressor,” and for signing a confidentiality agreement with the NFL that prohibited him from speaking publicly about his collusion settlement with the league.
Johnson referred to Kaepernick as a “sell out” who took money and agreed to keep his mouth shut.
“If your backdrop is going to be the African-American civil rights presence that it brought from the ’60s and you’re going to use that for your own causes, you don’t sell out,” Johnson said.
Kaepernick has a long history of making disgusting anti-American and anti-police comments that have not sat well with many people.
Over Labor Day weekend, Nike revealed that Kaepernick would be the new face of the campaign, which previously to embody athletes that display courage, sacrifice, and heroism — something Kaepernick does not even come close to representing.
In April, Kaepernick was given the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award, and he used his acceptance speech to describe police officers using deadly force against minorities as “lawful lynchings.”
In April 2017, the Colin Kaepernick Foundation donated $25,000 to Assata’s Daughters, a group named in honor of Assata Shakur, a woman who was found guilty and convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and sent to prison.
In Aug. 2016, Kaepernick slandered America’s flag while defending his decision to kneel during the national anthem.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Polling shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans don’t agree with James’ sentiment and do not support players disrespecting the national anthem and the American flag.